You know Jimmy O. Yang as Jian Yang, the hilarious and useless housemate of the Pied Piper crew in HBO’s Silicon Valley. Soon enough, however, the Chinese comedian will be seen in a vastly different light.
Appearing on this week’s episode of Yang discussed the role that he’ll play in Patriots Day, Mark Wahlberg’s film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Yang plays Dun Meng, the man whom Tamerlan Tsarnaev carjacked and kidnapped after killing MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. After they picked up Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Dun Meng escaped while the brothers were refueling his Mercedes at the Shell station on Memorial Drive. His efforts in running to the gas station across the street and having the manager call 911 helped lead to the eventual shootout in Watertown later that night.
“I think I’m pretty happy with what I did in the movie,” Yang said. “Peter Berg’s a great director and it’s all people that I’ve looked up to. The cast is amazing.”
Listen to the interview below. It starts at 32:45.